Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences | GRAIL: Mapping the Moon's Interior

GRAIL: Mapping the Moon's Interior

Zuber, Maria, Russell, Christopher (Eds.)

Spin-off from Space Science Reviews journal, Vol. 178/1, 2013

2014, V, 76 p.

Available Formats:

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-9584-0

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF

download immediately after purchase

learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items


Hardcover version

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-9583-3

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days

add to marked items

  • Describes the design of The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to the Moon, which has provided the highest resolution and most accurate gravity model of the Moon
  • Describes the technology used to design a gravity mission to a planetary body employing a dual spacecraft self-tracking system
  • Discusses the most important lunar science questions about the lunar crust and interior that can only be answered with high-accuracy, high-resolution gravity data

In September 2011, the GRAIL mission launched two unmanned spacecraft to the Moon, which entered into lunar orbit on December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012. They orbited the Moon until December 17, 2012, when they impacted the surface near the Moon’s north pole. This book contains three review articles co-authored by the GRAIL Science Team and Guest Scientists that describe the reasons for the GRAIL mission, the development of the necessary technology, and the design of the mission to acquire the most precise measurements of the lunar gravity field possible today. The book provides a detailed description of the GRAIL mission’s scientific objectives, the instrumentation and its required performance, the complex simulation of the measurement system for determining the gravity field, and the innovative education and public outreach of the mission directed toward middle-school students who could select areas of the Moon for imaging with the onboard MoonKam camera system.

This volume is aimed at researchers and graduate students active in solar system science and planetology.
Originally published in Space Science Reviews journal, Vol. 178/1, 2013.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » GRAIL Mission Results - Lunar Crust and Interior - Lunar Gravity Model - Moon's Crust Density - Moon's Gravity Field - Moon’s Interior - NASA GRAIL - SSRv GRAIL - Subsurface Linear Lunar Features

Related subjects » Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Geophysics & Geodesy

Table of contents 

Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL): Mapping the Lunar Interior from Crust to Core.- The Scientific Measurement System of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission.- The Lunar Gravity Ranging System for the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission.

Popular Content within this publication 



Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences.